Category: Clean Energy

Press release: New Livingston group to focus on fossil-fuel transport, clean energy, June 27, 2014

June 27, 2014
By Yellowstone Bend Citizens Council More than 70 area residents attended a free informational kick-off event June 26 at the Elks Lodge in Livingston. The Yellowstone Bend Citizens Council (YBCC) is the 13th active affiliate of Billings-based Northern Plains Resource Council. “We were excited to see so many of our Livingston friends and neighbors turn out to hear how we can protect our community from the dangers of transporting oil and coal through town, and promote clean energy solutions,” said...
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U.S. ruling loosens four-decade ban on oil exports – Wall Street Journal, June 24, 2014

June 25, 2014
Shipments of unrefined American oil could begin as early as August
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Kickoff party for new Livingston affiliate is Thursday, June 26

June 24, 2014
  Yellowstone Bend Citizens Council Kickoff Party 5:30 p.m. Thursday, June 26 Elks Lodge 130 S. 2nd Street Livingston Cash bar, appetizers, music, raffle By Northern Plains Resource Council You're invited to a kickoff event for Northern Plains Resource Council’s newest affiliate this Thursday at 5:30 p.m. Bring a friend or neighbor to the Livingston Elks Lodge. All...
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Guest editorial: Be skeptical of energy issues – Missoulian, June 20, 2014

June 24, 2014
By Travis Kavulla When NorthWestern Energy gave the Public Service Commission the sales pitch for Colstrip Unit 4 several years ago, the coal plant came under scrutiny. The Montana Consumer Counsel suggested its age meant it might have more outages and require more upkeep than NorthWestern expected. The utility told the PSC not to worry. The plant was, according to NorthWestern’s lawyer, “at least as good as when it was new, if not better.” Since that time, CU4...
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Editorial: Government must ensure safety in face of growing energy boom – Bozeman Daily Chronicle, June 23, 2014

June 23, 2014
The domestic energy boom from fracking technology caught most of us off guard – not the least of whom were the federal authorities. The U.S. is now the world’s largest producer of natural gas and is poised to become energy independent in just a few years. But at what price? An Associated Press report published in the June 15 Chronicle revealed that nationwide four in 10 wells in environmentally sensitive areas have gone uninspected by federal regulators in...
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Poll: Americans support EPA’s climate pollution standards – Sightline Institute, June 19, 2014

June 23, 2014
By Anna Fahey Results hot off the presses from a Wall Street Journal / NBC poll show promising climate attitudes among American voters, most notably, solid support for the new Environmental Protection Agency proposal to limit carbon pollution from coal-fired power plants. At a moment when President Obama’s approval numbers continue to “tank,” the WSJ called his climate and energy policy “a rare bright spot.” Indeed! Here are some top takeaways: More than six in 10 of the 1,000...
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PSC approves temporary electric rate increase for NorthWestern customers – Lee State Bureau, June 17, 2014

June 18, 2014
By Mike Dennison HELENA — The state Public Service Commission Tuesday voted 4-1 to approve a $32 million annual, temporary rate increase for NorthWestern Energy’s electric customers in Montana starting next month. Residential electric rates for NorthWestern’s 342,000 customers in western and central Montana will go up about 6.5 percent on July 1, or $5 a month for an average household. NorthWestern requested the rate increase nearly three weeks ago, saying it had underestimated costs of buying power...
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Letter: Otter Creek: Mine would destroy watershed – Missoulian, June 9, 2014

June 9, 2014
Re: M. Pfau:“coal and intriguing beauty of self-regulated efficiency” Hmmmm! Never did I think I would see the words “coal” and “beauty” in the same sentence, Let’s say, for the sake of argument, that there is no such thing as Climate Change and that coal really does nothing much to endanger human and animal health, there is one feature of coal that is unarguably bad for its surroundings and the surroundings for miles around. That is: wherever coal...
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Letter: Protect Montana voters, oppose LR-126 – Billings Gazette, June 8, 2014

June 9, 2014
Montanans should reflect on just how proud we should be of our election system. It works well, making the registration process easy and accessible and protects our freedom to vote. And, as Montanans, we know that we all have a responsibility to make sure that everyone who wants to participate in our elections should have the chance. Our elections consistently rank as some of the best run nationally. In fact, a recent report by the Pew Charitable Trusts...
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Putin and the federal coal lease in Montana – Huffington Post blog, June 3, 2014

June 5, 2014
By Tom Sanzillo Will Russian President Vladimir Putin get richer thanks to a sweetheart government coal deal in Montana? Last month the Treasury Department informed Congress that Mr. Putin personally held an interest in an international oil and gas investment fund called the Gunvor Group, run out of Geneva, Switzerland. Team Putin adamantly denied his involvement, but the Treasury Department insisted it was right. The Gunvor Group is a large and profitable enterprise, producing $91 billion in revenues...
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